Traffic, not construction, expected to be issue on roads for Labor Day weekend

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Sept. 4, 2015)-- If you have plans to hit the road this Labor Day weekend for a holiday getaway, you're not the only one.

“Really looks strong for this Labor Day holiday. We are looking at over 35 million Americans traveling 50 or more miles from home. That is a 1 percent increase over last year but should be the highest travel volume since 2008," AAA's Greg Seiter said.

What you won't have to deal with, though, are construction crews blocking your path. INDOT tells CBS4 that in all areas where lanes can be opened, crews are instructed to stop lane closures and move back the orange cones.

"We pull back the barrels and barricades on our construction projects as far as we can safely do so," INDOT's Will Wingfield said.

The bigger issue will be the extra cars on the roads. Indiana State Police plan increased patrols to ensure everyone is safe.

“There will be troopers out looking for those impaired drivers,” said Rich Myers of Indiana State Police.

Along with the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign, ISP will also be stationed in various construction zones. Even though lane closures won't be in effect, there are still major closures in place. In particular, those along I-65 in Louisville and between Lebanon and Lafayette.

“I would plan ahead if I’m going to go through a construction zone,” Myers said.

At the Marathon off I-65 in Whitestown, store manager Kyle Campbell had already seen the increased traffic on Friday.

"We’ve been non-stop all day long since about 7 o’clock this morning," Campbell said.

He was getting a lot of questions about the I-65 detour and expected things to stay busy through the holiday.

"It’ll be all weekend long. We’ll start slowing down probably Tuesday," Campbell said.

INDOT officials suggest that you plan ahead, leave extra time just in case and download a travel app to your phone to check on traffic.

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